Bar Chart Widget
Bar Chart widget displays multiple
aggregate results in a single chart.
See in Figure 109, “Bar Chart” an example of how this widget may look like.
Figure 109. Bar Chart
You can use the
Bar Chart widget to
visualize results of the
(top) functions. Unlike a
Chart , a bar chart can be used to show multiple
aggregates results. If you provide several aggregate functions to the
function argument of
it will display one result per function.
Below is an example of how to display several series per category. Assume we have a service producing logs like the ones below:
2018-10-10T01:10:11.322Z host=web01 reponseTime=10.2ms 2018-10-10T01:10:12.172Z host=web01 reponseTime=2.6ms 2018-10-10T01:10:14.122Z host=web02 reponseTime=11.5ms 2018-10-10T01:10:15.312Z host=web01 reponseTime=14.7ms 2018-10-10T01:10:16.912Z host=web03 reponseTime=10.8ms
We would like to make a bar chart showing the maximum response time and the average response time per host.
groupBy(host, function=[max(responseTime), avg(responseTime)])
If you select the
Bar Chart widget type
from the Widget Type dropdown, this query will produce one bar chart
with three categories (one per host) and two series, one per aggregate
Wide or Long Input Format
Among others, the
Bar Chart offers
the Input Data Format property, whose
Auto mode looks at the query result and
automatically chooses the best interpretation of the data between
long or wide data format.
Longdata format is selected if there is more than one group field (made with
Widedata input format is selected.
Long data format mode, the first grouped field
contains the categories. Subsequent grouped fields are concatenated
to form the series. The first non-grouped field contains the
Figure 110. Bar Chart Selecting Long Format
The data depicted in the below table view show what fields are visualized on the chart.
Figure 111. Long Format Table View
Wide: All grouped fields are concatenated and form the category (x-axis). Each non grouped field becomes a series. Example:
groupBy(status, function=[avg(contentLength, as=content), avg(time, as="time")])
Figure 112. Bar Chart Selecting Wide Format
A group field is the field used as the first argument to the
Charts in existing dashboards (prior to the introduction of the
Auto mode) with
groupBy([a,b]) queries and former default
mode still set to
Wide will look different as
they are automatically switched to
Use the widget'spanel to configure the following properties.
The title of the widget as displayed in the dashboard. As in the example Figure 109, “Bar Chart”, it could be HTTP Methods.
The description of the bar chart. This is free form text supporting markdown syntax. For example, This chart shows all HTTP methods, except
This same description will appear in the dashboard as a tooltip by hovering over the question mark on top of the widget.
Controls where the labels are positioned under each bar. Valid options are:
Leftwill bring labels closer to the bars.
Modifies the angle of the label displayed under each bar.
Sets the distance between the labels and the bottom of the widget. The distance is expressed in pixels, according to Cascading Style Sheets conventions. The more you increase the padding bottom, the more the size of the graph is reduced.
Show Title checkbox
When ticked, shows the chosen title for the X axis.
Gives a title to the horizonal axis.
Show Title checkbox
When ticked, shows the chosen title for the Y axis.
Gives a title to the vertical axis.
Linear— quantitative scales that preserve proportional differences.
Logarithmic— quantitative scales particularly useful for plotting data that varies over multiple orders of magnitude.
You have two options for displaying labels:
Truncate— shortens the length of the series for a better visualization within the chart. It is used in case of long labels that would exceed the maximum space allowed in the chart. It is the default option. Hover the mouse over a label, then press and hold ALT to momentarily see the full series.
Show full— shows the full name of the series, that is, the entire value is displayed in the label or tooltip. In case of very long labels, it might affect their visibility within the chart. Hover the mouse over a label, then press and hold ALT to momentarily see the truncated series.
Show Legend checkbox
Allows to show or hide the legend in the chart. If ticked, it prompts the following properties.
Sets the position of the legend in the chart. Valid options are:
Text field to enter the desired number of visible rows in the legend to appear.
Show Title checkbox
Allows to show or hide the legend's title.
Text field to enter the desired title for the legend.
Show value above bars
Tick the box to show the given value for each bar.
Use this setting to control the distance between categories in the chart.
Use this setting to control the distance between bars within a category.
Grouped— places series next to each other on a group for each category
Stacked— places series on top of each other for each category
Max Series Count
Limits the number of series shown in a category. Series with the lowest cumulative sum across categories will be grouped into one series called "Other".
Input Data Format
How to interpret the result query data. Valid options are:
Autois selected by default and enables automatic detection of long or wide format — for details, see Wide or Long Input Format
Wide— data stored in wide format has a column for each series (variable) with the series name as the header and the values as rows. For example, this format is useful when data is grouped by a single field and multiple aggregate functions are used.
Long— data stored in long format has a single column for each named series (variable) and a single column with the values. For example, this format is useful when data is grouped by two fields.
The default sorting is by X axis labels.
Order by Series
Specifies the name of the field to order the series by.
Order orders the series’ names alphabetically.
Valid options are:
Change the color of the bar series and assign them the title you want to see displayed in the chart.